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The June issue of Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro
takes a look at how large-scale energy-efficiency projects are
becoming more cost effective. The issue also includes stories about
how club owners deal
with their insurance companies after major claims and how the
economy is affecting smoothie
bar revenue and cardio
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to Close 26 Clubs by June 26
CHICAGO -- Bally Total Fitness, Chicago, will close 26 clubs by June
26 after it canceled several leases with landlords across the country.
The closures are part of a restructuring deal that will allow Bally to
emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Read the full story.
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IHRSA Index Results Reflect Tough Economy
BOSTON -- Commercial health club financial performance struggled in
the first quarter of 2009 relative to the first quarter of 2008,
according to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub
Association’s (IHRSA) 2009 First Quarter Index, which demonstrates the
financial performance of a sample of the for-profit health club
industry. The survey of 18 U.S. health and sports club companies
represents 530 facilities, an average of 29 clubs per company. Read the
Fitness to Close Several Clubs
RALEIGH, NC -- Peak Fitness, Charlotte, NC, will close several clubs
in the Raleigh, NC, area in the coming weeks and has made an arrangement
with Lifestyle Family Fitness to transfer members to its four area
clubs. Read the full story.
Allows Bally to Keep $10 Million Advance
NEW YORK -- Great American Insurance Co.’s (GAIC) bid to recoup
more than $10 million advanced to Bally Total Fitness, Chicago, has
failed as a district court judge on Tuesday upheld a bankruptcy
court’s earlier ruling rejecting the claim. The $10 million was
advanced to Bally for directors and officers coverage. Read the full story.
Club Owner, Manager Arrested in Steroid Bust
OXFORD, AL -- The owner of an Alabama fitness club, along with his
wife and the club’s manager, were arrested Wednesday in a steroid drug
bust. Read the full story.
Sued Over Pool Entrapment Death
PITTSBURGH, PA -- The Downtown Athletic Club of Pittsburgh (PA) was
named as a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit filed June 10 over the
drowning death of Lorenzo Williams, 38, of Verona, PA. Read the full story.
CA, Lands First UFC Gym
LAS VEGAS -- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and New Evolution
Fitness Co. (NEFC) announced that the first UFC Gym, a concept that
combines mixed martial arts and fitness, will be operated in Concord,
CA. Read the full story.
Employee Charged with Raping 13-Year-Old Girl
BREMERTON, WA -- Malachi Powell, a 21-year-old employee of the
Kitsap Family YMCA, was charged in the rape of a 13-year-old club member
last Friday. Read the full story.
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State University to Build New Rec Center, Cardio Theater
COLUMBUS, GA -- Columbus State University (CSU), Columbus, GA, plans
to break ground on a new $26 million student recreation center next
month. The project is slated for completion by October 2010. Read the
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Force Consults Fitness Experts, Reformats Fitness Testing
ARLINGTON, VA -- In response to an internal audit of its fitness
program, the Air Force announced plans that require airmen to take a
physical fitness test twice a year, beginning in January 2010. Most
reservists or guardsmen will continue taking the fitness test once a
year, however. Read the full story.
Fitness Market Causes Concern for Precor’s Parent Company
HELSINKI, FINLAND -- The full-year outlook for Amer Sports, parent
company of Precor, is cloudy, the company recently said, because of the
uncertainty in consumer demand in general. Read the full story.
Fitness, Life Fitness Wage Court Battles Over RevMaster
WOODINVILLE, WA -- LeMond Fitness and Life Fitness are caught up in
court battles over a distribution dispute related to LeMond’s
RevMaster Pro group cycling bikes. Read the full story.
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Fit to Print
Fitness Together Holdings Inc. has named Rob Duke director of
information technology. In his role, Duke will maintain and support the
corporate technology infrastructure of Fitness Together Franchise Corp.,
a one-on-one personal training franchise, and elements therapeutic
massage inc., a massage therapy franchise. In addition, Duke will
provide franchise support, assisting with technology-related questions
A U.S. District Court judge in Massachusetts has denied Planet
Fitness’ motion to compel arbitration of a claim filed under the
Maryland Franchise Law, thus permitting Planet Fitness franchisee Diana
Hamilton Dutt, and her husband, Hans Dutt, to pursue their claim in the
Maryland court system. The
Dutts are suing Planet Fitness, Dover, NH, and Brick Bodies,
Cockeysville, MD, for violations of the Maryland Franchise Law.
VIDA Fitness has opened its third Washington, DC, location in the
Renaissance, Washington, DC, hotel. The 10,000-square-foot fitness
center includes a spa, featuring a European steam room, sauna and pools.
Monthly memberships and day passes are available to the general public,
and hotel guests have complimentary full access throughout the new
HUR Health and Fitness
Equipment, Northbrook, IL, has launched the HUR Senior SmartZone for
housing communities and health clubs focusing on the senior market. The
Senior SmartZone utilizes HUR SmartCard technology for exercise
planning, instruction and recording and is designed for full-body
workouts to prevent falling, improve mobility and reduce incontinence.
Sixteen exercises can be done with 12 machines in a 700-square-foot
efi Sports Medicine,
San Diego, has introduced i-Shape, a vibration-based product that
activates muscle spindles, increases blood flow and raises body
temperature. i-Shape’s tonic vibration reflex technology stimulates
muscles and tendons to induce involuntary muscular contraction,
resulting in enhanced flexibility, strength and force, according to efi.
The i-Shape comes equipped with a stretching cage and dual vibration
Big Ass Fans, Lexington,
KY, has partnered with Anytime Fitness to become its preferred vendor.
Other companies that have installed products of Big Ass Fans include
Snap Fitness, Gold’s Gym, Urban Active, Planet Fitness and Retro
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